28 April 2017
On Friday, April 28 we present Brooks Williams, a master of super-charged acoustic music that draws heavily on his blues and Americana roots from his Statesboro Georgia upbringing. ¶ Newfoundland native Ian Foster opens the show and adds a totally different dimension to a great night of live music.
Concert starts at 8:00 pm.
Keys and Chords describes Williams’ music as “a beautiful fusion of blues, old country and a touch of Americana.” Brooks is known for his resonator slide and acoustic Piedmont picking as well as his laid-back low-country vocals. The resulting sound can be described as “blues-icana,” that confluence of crossroads where American roots music comes together.
Brooks Williams got his start in the clubs and bars around New York and Boston (the same music scene that years earlier sparked the careers of Bonnie Raitt and Chris Smither). There, playing 5–6 nights a week, he developed his signature roots sound. From the very beginning and still to this day, audiences are often heard asking, how can one guitar and one voice sound like a full band?
AmericanaUK says, “he has a beautiful voice that you just melt into.” Brooks has that way of delivering a song that plays with the line the way a slide guitarist teases the notes from his strings. Williams has been ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists and WUMB listeners voted him one of the Top 100 Artists. He’s recorded 22 albums and his music has been featured on BBC (UK), RTE (Ireland), CBC (Canada) and NPR (US) and has charted on the folk DJ stations.
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Newfoundland native Ian Foster comes from a place of stories, and he knows how to tell them. He’s a road-worn troubadour who has been described as having a keen poetic sensibility in his songs. He writes in a modern folk style but has a special way with storytelling. He is often likened to Canadian songwriting icon Bruce Cockburn, in both writing and guitar style. He has toured in Canada, the U.S., Germany, The Netherlands, Austria and Italy.
- Brooks Williams really rocks, stirring up soulful Americana, full-on blues and tasty rootsy grooves. fRoots
- He’s a true master of everything guitar, from acoustic to slide to electric to resonator, nylon-string to arch-top to cigar-box! Fatea
- Williams is not only an excellent story teller, he’s not afraid of using a melody. Rocking Magpie
- One of the most consistently excellent musicians in roots music. On top of all this is his songwriting which stands comparison with virtually any of his peers. American Roots UK
- A beautiful fusion of blues, old country and a touch Americana. Fans of the music of Ry Cooder and JJ Cale will definitely cherish this album [My Turn Now]. Keys And Chords (Belgium)
- Blues infused Americana master. ‘Eargasmic’ delight! If you needed an album to define the meaning of Americana then this traditional and rootsy yet somehow thoroughly modern hotpot of exquisite pickin’, singing and song craft [My Turn Now] would be a strong contender to nail the definitive definition of Americana in eleven sweet songs! The Graveyard Shift